On the same Memorial Day 1993 weekend that saw the release of the Super Mario Bros. movie, an even bigger flop hit the big screen and led to the collapse of a beloved film studio. Incredibly, “Happily Ever After” also had an NES tie-in game in development at the time, one which was assumed lost forever — until a prototype cart was discovered in Texas last year.

 

From NintendoPlayer.com

From NintendoPlayer.com

This rare find was finally announced this week after months of thorough research by Nintendo Player.  Their fantastic post on this unreleased game and its history is a long read, but definitely worth your time.

 

 

The collector who found the Happily Ever After prototype did not disclose how much he paid for it, and I won’t hazard a guess.  Prototypes of unreleased games, if authentic, can easily fetch $1,000 or more depending on the title and rarity.  I’ll be writing much more about prototypes in the future.